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Different vendors handle their warranties by different means.

Warranties are an important consideration when purchasing equipment. For more expensive machines a 3-year warranty is nearly a must. In the cases of cheaper machines, it may not make sense to spend $300 on a $700 laptop for the extended warranty period.

Remember warranties usually don't cover batteries (past 1-year), unless explicitly mentioned in the warranty terms.

Warranties are not:

  • Accident protection plans, warranties are in place to cover failed hardware under normal means. Accidental damage (dropped laptop, cracked LCD, liquid spills) are generally not covered by any warranty.
  • Protecting any data loss by a hardware failure. Save often, save early!

The following tools can help users check the status of their warranties:

IBM/Lenovo Users IBM Warranty Status tool

Dell Users Dell Warranty Status tool